Archives for June 2011

“How Do I Stick To My Goal?”

Question: Scott, I often find that when I set goals which involve a routine, I become a bit lazy about sticking to it. For instance, if I tell myself that I will practice learning a language for 30 minutes each day, I might skip a day, or start doing 20 minutes. And then I think “well, I've been rubbish at sticking to it this week... How about I just scrap this entire week and start afresh with the routine next Monday." It seems like I get stuck constantly 'starting again' because I wasn't … [Read more...]

Think Differently – Solving Old Problems in a New Way

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ~Albert Einstein   This is such a simple idea but the real genius of this Einstein quote is what it's saying if you read between the lines. If you're like most people, when you have problems, you follow the same old patterns of thought to solve them. But what Einstein was saying is that you need to learn how to think differently if you want to truly solve your problem. Here's an … [Read more...]

Motivating with Token Reward Systems

Over the years, I've successfully used points, stickers, stars, candy, and other various tokens to motivate kids. A token economy (which is the more formal name for a reward system using tokens) can be very simple or deeply comprehensive. But no matter how simple or complex, it can bring remarkable results. For example, I was a self-employed piano teacher for ten years. During those ten years, I created a point system for motivating my students to practice every day. If you've ever taken … [Read more...]